Thursday, March 1, 2012

A World Free of Neglected Tropical Diseases

They are called NTDs or Neglected Tropical Diseases that comprise "... 14 parasitic and bacterial infections. They are the most common afflictions of humankind. The seven most prevalent NTDs (ascariasis, hookworm infection, trichuriasis, lymphatic filariasis (LF), onchoocerciasis, schistosomiasis, and trachoma) affect over one billion individuals, one sixth of the world population. Ninety percent of the disease burden of NTDs is in Africa with the majority of the infected two or more NTDs. Most can be prevented and eliminated through the administration of inexpensive or donated medicines. Children are the most vulnerable," explains the website for Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI).

"Since 2002 the SCI has been working with governments towards treating and protecting the populations of sub-Saharan African countries from the debilitating and life-threatening consequences of NTDs. By 2007, thanks to funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, we have facilitated delivery of approximately 40 million treatments," the website further informs.

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